05 March 2008 | Jake Kanter
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will buy sustainable timber during the construction of the London 2012 Olympic venues and infrastructure.
The authority has begun the search for 20 suppliers who will form a "timber supplier panel", and ensure all timber purchased is from fully certified sustainable sources.
The panel will maintain records tracing the products from their source, through the supply chain and to the Olympic park site.
David Higgins, chief executive of the ODA, said in a statement: "A framework for the responsible sourcing of timber is unprecedented for a project of this size and scale. However, working closely with the timber and construction industries is an opportunity to break new ground in sustainable sourcing."
It is estimated the suppliers will provide 600,000 square metres of hardwood, softwood, plywood and other products.